4 Online Resources to Inspire You to Make Pasta at Home

When it comes to making pasta at home, there’s nothing like learning from the pros–especially the sincerely joyful ones. So below, find four wonderfully inspiring online pasta resources that will make you want to pile flour and eggs on your counter, too.

handmade pasta
Dried handmade pasta, ala Marcella Hazan’s method

If you’ve never made pasta at home, these zealous cooks will make you want to; or, if you whip up handmade noodles all the time, these passionate pasta-makers will feel like friends.

From what is arguably the Internet’s best YouTube channel (Italian grandmas making pasta) to a blogger pulling everyday ingredients into dough for color and style, here are four great resources worth checking out before you cozy up for a day in the kitchen.

Pasta Grannies
Is there anything better than Italian grandmas showing you how to make pasta by hand? // Photo via Pasta Grannies YouTube channel

1. Pasta Grannies

Real Italian nonnas, found and filmed making pasta by hand: it’s genuinely as magical as it sounds! A few videos in, you can’t help but want to head to the kitchen and join them. This channel is for all the people who’ve loved an Italian grandma–and everyone else who’s wished they could. Follow along on Instagram or on YouTube.

Samin Nosrat
The best part of “Salt Fat Acid Heat” @Netflix has got to be Samin Nosrat’s wholehearted and sincere enthusiasm about food—don’t you love being around people who forget themselves enough to laugh out loud with joy? // Photo by Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine.

2. Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix

Based on the cookbook with the same title, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is the latest Netflix cooking series to create a mass sensation. It’s “changing the rules for who gets to eat on TV,” says Eater. It’s “a quietly revolutionary celebration of women and cooking,” according to Bustle. Most of all, it’s joyful and fun: a multi-episode cooking party that teaches you about four of the most important components in making food.

In the “Fat” episode, host Samin Nosrat tackles pasta, simultaneously demonstrating maneuvers home cooks used to save strength when they’d be making pasta for 20. You can watch the series (recommended!) to learn more, but Nosrat’s also got a recipe on her site as well as a pasta-making guide up at The New York Times.

what marcella hazan teaches us about making pasta at home
Fresh noodles made per Marcella’s formula, with only two ingredients: semolina flour and eggs

3. Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking

She’s called “the cookbook author who changed how Americans cook Italian food,” by The New York Times. Her cookbook (one of many), Essentials of Italian Cooking, remains an Amazon bestseller more than 25 years after it published. But, even better, Marcella Hazan knows how to strip pasta down to the barebones and essential: flour and eggs. Read more about her pasta-making secrets in this recent post featuring Marcella Hazan’s handmade pasta recipe.

Garden Betty pasta
Garden Betty’s many hues of pasta shows you how to dress dinner up any night of the week. Image source: Garden Betty

4. Fresh Homemade Pasta on Garden Betty

If the idea of making pasta at home is one you’re already familiar with, maybe you’d like a new challenge? In this post at Garden Betty, blogger Linda makes various colored pastas, all using ingredients she already had on hand. Green pasta with herbs? Pink pasta with beet juice? You can’t help but get inspired browsing through this step-by-step tutorial.

At first glance, the idea of handmade pasta may seem daunting. Glancing through the above resources, however, it’s hard not to feel empowered! At its heart, pasta is simple ingredients, lovingly prepared–is it time you tried it? Set aside some space one afternoon or weekend, and give it a go. What’s better than handmade pasta to remind you of why cooking’s fun!